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Year of the Artist, Day 44: Kevin Nowlan, Part 4 – Infernal Man-Thing #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Kevin Nowlan, and the issue is Infernal Man-Thing #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated September 2012. This scan is from the trade paperback, which came out in 2012. Enjoy!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for July 2013

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“Can you picture what will be / So limitless and free”
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 103: Hard Time (volume 1) #12

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks (more or less), with each week devoted to a single writer. This pseudo-week: Steve Gerber. Today’s page is from Hard Time (volume 1) #12, which was published by DC and is cover dated March 2005. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 102: Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #2: “New Year’s Demolition”

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks (more or less), with each week devoted to a single writer. This pseudo-week: Steve Gerber. Today’s page is from Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #2 and Gerber’s story called “New Year’s Demolition,” which was published by DC and is cover dated January 1999. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 101: Legion of Night #1

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks (more or less), with each week devoted to a single writer. This pseudo-week: Steve Gerber. Today’s page is from Legion of Night #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated October 1991. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 100: Omega the Unknown #3

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks (more or less), with each week devoted to a single writer. This pseudo-week: Steve Gerber. Today’s page is from Omega the Unknown #3, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated July 1976. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 99: The Defenders #33

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks (more or less), with each week devoted to a single writer. This pseudo-week: Steve Gerber. Today’s page is from The Defenders #33, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated March 1976. Enjoy!
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Steve Gerber’s Marvel Exit Interview With Gary Groth At TCJ

I’d never read this before. On the second page right now. Just felt like sharing, since I know there are other Gerber fans around here. It’s definitely worth a read if you weren’t around when this was the controversy in comics.

Steve Gerber, the Son of Satan, and Evil

So it’s Easter when I’m writing this. And that’s always a good time to talk about evil.

This ties into one of my favorite blogger Plok’s Seven Soldiers of Steve project. I’m um…. a couple years late.

(Note from today: A couple years and a few months, as Easter is long gone.)

The whole project is a response to Steven Grant (who’s Master of the Obvious column runs on this very site) saying that Ditko and Lee’s Dormammu story in Doctor Strange was the first graphic novel. (Although he later recanted. )

Anyway, Plok responded to the core idea here – That, if any set of comics are thematically unified, are marked by a distincitve voice, sweeping narrative ambition, and are just plain good…

That pretty much makes them a NOVEL, regardless of the format the material was originally released in.

Using this as a starting point, he decided to see who, in comics, has written graphic-novels-before there were graphic novels.

And Steve Gerber was the obvious choice. He further argued that Gerber’s staggeringly ambitious (for their time) Man-Thing, Howard the Duck, and Void Indigo strips were their own animals.

BUT… Gerber’s SUPERHERO work for Marvel might, just might, have enough interconnections, in theme, setting, and character, to count as one fully formed novel, spanning many different series: Daredevil, Marvel Two-In-One, She-Hulk, the Defenders. So he sent out a challenge to the blogverse, asking for writers to tackle different aspects of Gerber’s superhero work. I claimed Gerber’s Son of Satan run, which spanned 10 issues of Marvel Spotlight. I decided to base my piece around the general theme of evil.

And, a couple years later, and several month’s after Gerber’s death I’m done!

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